See You In Magic - The Night Marchers
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  • Summary: This is the debut album for the newest band led by John Reis of Rocket From the Crypt, Drive Like Jehu, and Hot Snakes.
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  1. Positive: 10 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Performing some of thre best party music for smart people this side of Black Lips, the rest of the band match Reis' powerhouse vocal eccentricities with a perfectly calculated degree of rock 'n' roll swagger, blasting ahead like the Wipers one minute and settling into a slow-burning Bo Diddley groove the next. [May 2008, p.128]
  2. As always, this stuff is better suited for the stage, and it would be foolish not to assume that horns could make The Night Marchers even better, but with the assistance of a band that includes a couple of fellow ex-Snakes, Reis has made his best record since Rocket's "Scream, Dracula, Scream!" heyday.
  3. 80
    Restless, relentless, righteous: this guru of the primeval groove is once more helming an exceptional rock'n'roll band. [July 2008, p.108]
  4. The disc fizzles a bit in its second half, following the very strong 'Bad Bloods' with the proggy excesses of 'And I Keep Holding You.'
  5. Even if it's easy to miss the full-tilt pyrotechnics of yore, Reis' new approach allows you to appreciate his wound-tight tunecraft like never before.
  6. 70
    Deviations from the script are interesting but not as successful (the jangly 'Jump In The Fire,' the rockabilly 'Branded'). Luckily, they don’t detract from the main course: a heaping helping of straight-up rock ’n’ roll like only Reis can deliver.
  7. See You In Magic happily throws in every hoary old cliche in the book. [June 2008, p.149]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
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  1. DF.
    May 28, 2008
    10
    Great album from start to finish. Every once in a while a great rock band comes around and just has it all. The energy, the music, the presence and purpose. These guys rock. Expand
  2. JonW.
    May 13, 2008
    10
    Amazing CD from start to finish! For all intents and purposes, this is just Hot Snakes without as much vocal vitriol (but no less menace). Catchy, Catchy, Catchy. Speedo always brings it hard, Dawg! Expand
  3. SeanH
    Sep 2, 2008
    9
    As a lifelong Rocket fan, I've always been left dissatisfied with Reis' other bands. It wasn't that they weren't any good, they just weren't anywhere near as good as RFTC. This record has changed all that. With the exception of Rocket's '95 releases (Scream, Dracula, Scream - Hot Charity - The State of Art is on Fire) this is the best album that bears Reis' name and easily the best album I've bought in many years. I pray that Speedo will keep this particular project going long enough to produce much, much more of this. Expand